Editor's Notes:East New York rapper Jimi Tents is an artist’s artist. His 2017 album, ‘I Can’t Go Home’ broke down his knotty relationship with success, wealth, family, and of course, himself. There are struggle rappers, and then there are rappers who can personify and humanize the struggle to keep moving music forward. Jimi Tents is the latter, with his special skill being his ability to keep himself and hip-hop honest.
A year removed from ‘I Can’t Go Home,’ Jimi Tents returns with a hungry and vexed new single: “Backbone.” On “Backbone,” Jimi Tents is at war with himself (“Where your backbone?”) as be brings his demons to the forefront of the track. In 2018, few writers are willing to go there, to put themselves in a revealing light, but Jimi Tents will always show listeners who he is—that’s his unique brand of artistry.